In the eighth installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series that makes “even cat lovers…howl with delight” (USA TODAY), Chet and his human PI companion, Bernie Little, find themselves in a prickly situation when a mysterious case of illegal cactus smuggling comes to their attention.
In the latest entry in the immensely popular Chet and Bernie mystery series, Private Investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion Chet return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie’s wall safe—normally hidden behind the waterfall picture in the office—is gone, and with it Bernie’s grandfather’s watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr. Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate. Is it possible that such a lovely old couple have a terrible secret in their past?
Chet and Bernie discover bad things going on in the wilderness, far worse that cactus smuggling, and all connected to a strange but innocent-seeming desert festival called Cactus Man. They unearth leads that take them back to a long-ago kidnapping that may not have been a kidnapping and threaten a ruthless and charismatic criminal with a cult following, a criminal who sees at once what Chet and Bernie mean to each other and knows how to exploit it.
Every bit as “insightful” (Booklist), “humorous” (Library Journal), and “deliciously addictive” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) as Quinn’s previous books, Scents and Sensibility is a drool-worthy mystery that will have readers everywhere begging for more.
The theft of a saguaro cactus kicks off Quinn's charmingly offbeat eighth mystery narrated by Chet, the crime-solving canine, who idolizes his human partner, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency (after 2014's Paw and Order). Special Investigator Ellie Newburg of the Department of Agriculture finds the purloined cactus on the front lawn of Bernie's elderly neighbor, Daniel Parson, about the same time that Bernie discovers his grandfather's antique watch missing from his wall safe. The common denominator is Daniel's son, Billy, who has recently left prison on parole. In the course of tracking Billy, Bernie comes across a dead body in the desert; clashes with his nemesis, Det. Brick Mickles of the Valley PD; and unearths the truth behind the long-ago kidnapping that sent Billy to prison. Series fans may be glad to learn that Chet, who offers constant, bemused commentary on human foibles, points to Arizona as the hitherto unknown broader setting. Author tour.
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Chet gets better and better. Guaranteed excitement, laughter and maybe a tear or two. All I can say is the next Chet and Bernie book cannot get here fast enough for me! Will have to go back and reread past adventures...
I fell in love with Chet the first time I picked up a Chet and Bernie book. I've read every book in the series and consider this one the best of all. Left us with a cliff hanger at the end so now I can't wait for the next one.
A great read, up to the last two or three chapters.
I really love these mysteries, but Mr. Quinn rushed the end of this book. I won't give it away, but usually Chet is not only responsible for foiling the bad guys' plots, but he also inadvertently wraps up the crime.
There's some of that in here, but I felt like there were a large number of hanging threads. We need a revised appendix. Honestly, I feel like writing the author for clarity on a few things. Maybe they'll be cleared up in the next book, but honestly I'm not sure.